Tapping, switching, pushing, and pulling: HELP!

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  1. MerlinTKD

    MerlinTKD ERG Drummer! Contributor

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    Okay, I've done some more research... more knowledge leads to new questions :scratch:

    I've got the Duncan Designed JB/Jazz... which makes more sense:

    - replacing the existing 3-way blade switch with a 5-way/4-pole and coil-splitting each pickup;

    - replacing the existing 3-way blade switch with a 5-way/4-pole and combining outer and inner in parallel;

    - keeping the existing 3-way blade switch and replacing the tone pot with a push-pull coil-split?


    Also, what difference in sound will the first two options achieve? I'm a little confused about that.

    Finally, has anyone ordered from guitarelectronics.com, and if so, what's been your experience?

    When I order (from wherever), I'll probably replace the cheap pots I have with better ones, and a couple other accessories as well, so I'm open to suggestions about the best way to mod these pickups!

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    I suggest keeping the existing 3-way blade switch and replacing the tone pot with a push-pull coil-split. This comfig will give us much more possibilities :)
     
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    Good God, Leon... that's a LOT of options off a 3-way switch! :eek:

    After the shock fades, the possibilities begin... hmmm... :D Thanks for the replies! I'll probably replace the switch anyway (cheap electronics in this guitar!), but 3-way/push-pull pot(s) seem the way to go!

    Thanks! :yesway:
     
  5. scott from _actual time_

    scott from _actual time_ grumpy old man Contributor

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    with the 5-way, you could do _both_ of those in the same setup.
    1 - neck, full
    2 - neck, coil split
    3 - two inner coils
    4 - bridge, coil split
    5 - bridge, full

    i always prefer 5-way switches because they give you many more possible combinations. then i use push/pulls to switch the entire 5-way into a different "mode" with new combinations. for example, you could do positions 2-4 above with the inner coils, then have a push/pull change those positions to use the outer coils.

    here is my H/S/H switching scheme, with push/pull down, then up.
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    I find the series/parallel switching to be somewhat more practical than a straight coil tap. A coil tap instantly cuts your output in half; the series-to-parallel drops it a little bit, but it gives you back a lot of the highs that the standard series-wired humbucker "steals", as compared to a single coil. If you're going to drop off one coil from a humbucker, it helps to start with a pretty high-powered one to begin with.
     
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    MerlinTKD ERG Drummer! Contributor

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    [action=Merlin]'s head explodes[/action] :flame:

    Wow.

    I'm gonna have to sit and think about this for... ever? :lol:

    But wow, thanks for all the input!! :yesway:



    Edit: Wed Sept 12
    Okay, been thinking... is it possible to wire this on a 5-way switch?

    1 - Neck, series
    2 - Neck, parallel
    3 - Inner coils, series
    4 - Bridge, parallel
    5 - Bridge, series

    Is that possible? If so, I think that's what I'm really looking for... and then maybe add the push-pull for splitting, like so:

    1 - Neck, split
    2 - North coils, parallel
    3 - Outer coils, parallel
    4 - South coils, parallel
    5 - Bridge, split

    Or something like that, I dunno. Any other opinions?
     

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